Choosing Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains will ensure lasting beauty and protection for all your exterior wood surfaces. Backed by five generations of experience in oil-based coatings and cutting edge technology, Armstrong Clark Wood Stains will not only meet your wood protection needs but far exceed them.

Determine the square footage area of the surface you plan to stain. On decks be sure not only to measure the floor but also railings, spindles, steps and all areas that you are planning to stain. Armstrong-Clark Deck and Siding Stains will cover approximately 150-200 sq. ft. per gallon depending on age and wood porosity.

The Armstrong Clark Staining Instructions

Armstrong Clark Deck and Siding Stains come in many different colors and tones. Keep in mind that the actual color results can vary depending on the type, age, condition, and porosity of the wood. Color samples are available if needed.

Prior to using any of the Armstrong Clark Wood Stains it is important to prepare the wood surface properly so the stain will perform as expected. See the RAD Wood Cleaner or Stain Stripper products for properly cleaning the wood surface prior to staining.

Allow the wood surface to dry 1-2 days after it has been cleaned and prepped. Be sure no rain is expected on the day of staining and for 3-4 hours after application so the stain can cure properly.

To apply Armstrong Clark Deck Stain you can use a roller, brush, stain pad, or airless sprayer. Mix the stain thoroughly prior to use. Unlike other stains, Armstrong Deck Stain can be applied in direct sunlight and on hot days. If the first application of stain penetrates within 30 minutes another coat can be applied for added protection.

If applying by sprayer, use a roller or brush to go over the sprayed areas for a more even appearance. After 24 hours use a dry rag to remove any remaining puddles or glossy areas.

Armstrong Clark Wood Stain is environmentally friendly and does not contain an offensive odor. It is easy to apply and very user-friendly. Enhancing the appearance of your deck and giving it lasting protection is the best investment you can make and Armstrong Clark Oil Based Wood Stains makes it easy.

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    Jim · 06/27/2022
    Our new redwood deck is one month old. We live in hot (90) Sacramento CA. Spilling water on the wood has stopped beading up. Is it now ok to stain the wood with AC semi-transparency stain with no beginning prep ,cleaning with chemicals?) 
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    Melanie Kay · 06/27/2022
    My deck is under a tree that I need to strip, brighten and stain.  With the infestation of tent caterpillars, my deck is getting covered in their excrement.  Will this hinder my staining project?  Should I hold off until infestation is under control?
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      Armstrong · 06/27/2022
      It would not hurt to wait until they stop. Should only be a few weeks.
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    Mary Blomdal · 06/19/2022
    Can I seal the stain with an oil base polyurethane? If so how long should I wait until I can seal it? 
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      Armstrong · 06/19/2022
      No. Never top coat or use a poly on exterior wood. It will ruin your wood. 
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        Mary Blomdal · 06/19/2022
        I was planning on using it on an interior application? 
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    Frances · 06/14/2022
    I have got semi-transparent stain and about to stain after prep. Can I use a car wash brush to stain the deck floor? or a roller followed by hand brush instead?
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      Armstrong · 06/14/2022
      Car wash brush will work.
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    Brian · 06/10/2022
    My neighbor has pine trees that drop needles on my deck often.  Are they going to get stuck to my deck or cause marks when I stain?  Should I stand guard with a leaf blower while it cures? If so for how long?
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      Armstrong · 06/11/2022
      Needles will not stick to the deck while the stain is drying. Just blow them off after the stain dries.
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    rcwalter · 06/09/2022
    I had a contractor stain my deck and he apparently did not read the instructions on the top of the can to stir well before use.  As a result the last part of the deck is several shades darker than the rest.  What is the best way to remediate this?  Will it help auto apply another coat?

    Thanks,
    Bob
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      Armstrong · 06/09/2022
      Adding more will probably not fix it. You will need to remove and start over to fix it properly.
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    Hélène · 06/08/2022
    I have just ordered the semi transparent stain for use on rough sawn cedar fence panels (20 years old). It was just power washed and I plan on using a brightener then the stain. I'm thinking to apply the stain with a roller and back brush. I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, never done this before. I can use specific instructions to purchase, best rollers and brushes etc. + Any information provided can be useful to a newbie for best results. I've washed a ton of videos, most are on decks and now I'm confused. I just hope I ordered the right stain and I feel like I'm forgetting something – When I'm finish my fence (practicing) the plan next is to do my angelim pedra deck. Really wishing I can get at least a couple of days when it's not raining and no heat dome, like last year. Thanks very much.
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      Armstrong · 06/09/2022
      Stain pads and floor brushes are better than rollers. See this article for tips: https://www.deckstainhelp.com/best-stain-application-brushes-and-pads/
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        Hélène · 06/09/2022
        Good link, helped me make a decision. I guess I should try one of each - My confusion was from the fact that most information seemed to be applicable to horizontal decks of railings and I'm trying to do vertical on a really rough sawn cedar surface, sprayer sounded good to get into the uneven surfaces but messy and easily possible to use too much, pad is totally flat, same is a roller to a degree - I was trying to save a bit of time and effort but now I guess stain brush is on top of the list. Thanks much.
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    K Leigh · 06/07/2022
    Finished staining on the 26th- semi transparent Amber. Luckily rain started about 4 hours later. The rain has pretty much been non-stop since then. Today, the sun came out and we are noticing these spots on our deck- looks like stain didn’t soak in or was affected by the rain. Should we do spot touch ups or just apply another coat? 
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      Armstrong · 06/08/2022
      That looks like sap leaching around your knots. It is not from the rain. You can try touching up to fix it.
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    Dana · 06/05/2022
    We added redwood to our office building and the contractor stained. It’s been about 13-15 months and I the contractor said I should add another coat. It looks good but want to preserve the wood. How should we prep the wood prior to staining?
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    K Leigh · 05/27/2022
    Finished staining yesterday at 8pm. Ended up raining shortly after midnight intermittently.  Forecast is more rain. Would it make sense to do another coat once rain stops and wood dries out? 
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      Armstrong · 05/27/2022
      It should be fine with one coat.
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      K Leigh · 05/27/2022
      It’s the semi transparent amber
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    Jeff Willms · 05/25/2022
    After applying first coat a second coat can be applied after 20 minutes wet on wet correct? You have said don't over apply, what does that mean? How much is to muck? How long after do I need to wipe? Or do I need to wipe at all can I just leave it alone? Thank you Jeff 
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      Armstrong · 05/25/2022
      Only apply as much as the wood can fully take the stain to soak in. You cannot over-apply to the point it cannot fully penetrate as then it could lead to drying issues. Basically more is not better. If you back wipe, do so after an hour or two.
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    Bob W · 05/25/2022
    how long should I wait before wiping after application of AC semi-transparent stain on ipe?
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    Jack · 05/23/2022
    I cleaned and used the restore I purchased for AC. I stained the deck with the cedar stain. Do I need to apply two coats or is one sufficient ?
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      Armstrong · 05/23/2022
      That depends on how old and dried out the wood is? You do not want to over-apply.
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    Chris · 05/21/2022
    Can I stain in the AM if rain is expected later afternoon?  It says above “make sure no rain is expected the day of staining, and for 3-4 hours after application”.  Is 3-4 hours enough dry time?
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      Armstrong · 05/21/2022
      3-4 hours is pushing it. We would not suggest it.
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    John · 05/19/2022
    I applied one coat of semi solid woodland brown on the 15th. There are some dark spots will they dry and blend in. Also there are some light spots can I add a second coat. 
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      Armstrong · 05/20/2022
      Do not add more at this time. Wait 6-12 months, lightly clean and then you can recoat. In the meantime, it should even out.
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        John · 05/20/2022
        Thank you 
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          John · 05/20/2022
          Lightly clean does that mean RAD step one 
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    Sharon · 05/19/2022
    I will be re-applying your semitransparent stain on the deck two years after it's first application. Should I use the bleach water and detergent mixture mentioned on this site to clean? And after that I want to confirm I can put a second coat of stain on if the first has soaked in before 1 hour. How quickly do I need to do the second coat?
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    J cole · 05/15/2022
    I applied 1 coat of transparent cedar tone to my sanded cedar deck. The stain was fully absorbed, but some do the areas look lighter than most. Can I apply a second coat of stain to darken/even out the rest of the color? I stained the deck 1 week ago 
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      Armstrong · 05/15/2022
      Yes but make sure it is not overapplied.
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    John · 05/11/2022
    I put your semi solid woodland brown on a railing it is light on color in some areas is it ok to put a second coat on the entire railing. 10 year old deck freshly sanded 
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      John · 05/11/2022
      Ok thanks here is a picture did not have it available on the first post 
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        Armstrong · 05/12/2022
        Sanded wood will only take one coat. Adding too much stain and you may have an issue with curing.
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          John · 05/12/2022
          Great thank you 
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      Armstrong · 05/11/2022
      It may not take a 2nd coat and properly soak in and dry since you sanded. Do a test spot first and make sure it fully dries and cures.
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    Jla · 05/06/2022
    Moso bamboo decking. Here are the photos. I don’t think that they went through in my original post. 
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    Jla · 05/06/2022
    I applied the natural on my MOSO composite bamboo deck yesterday. We had a heavy fog last night and I woke this morning to find the deck covered in beaded water. I dried with rags.  it is still quite slippery oily feeling and the color is very dark, almost black. The moso decking is quite dense. I am hoping that the finish will dry further in the next 24 to 48 hours.  Will it lighten over time?  I applied quite sparingly with a sponge applicator. I still have the other half of the deck to finish and am thinking to apply even less product by rubbing in with a cloth instead of the sponge applicator. Photos show cleaned unfinished planks, a leftover plank with original factory finish and finished half of deck.  Any advice will be appreciated. Most of the products listed on the moso website to use are not available in the US. 
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    bob · 05/04/2022
    What is the application temperature range?

    Bob
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    Lisa · 04/16/2022
    cloudy today with a 15% chance of showers tonight.  Can I safely stain the deck today?  The railings dried pretty fast yesterday when it was sunnier.
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    Paul · 04/09/2022
    Adding to my question - Can I use 30 Second Cleaner over Armstrong semi-transparent stained deck?
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      Armstrong · 04/09/2022
      The 30 second would destroy the coating and never should be used.

      It is not possible to just clean the algae and not have some adverse effect on the stain. You will have to recoat after since it has been a couple of years or more. Use the RAd Cleaner/Brightener kit for the prep and then recoat.
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        Paul · 04/09/2022
        I just tested dilute vinegar 1 cup to gallon on a few boards.  Seemed to work well on the algae.  Will something that mild also ruin the stain?
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          Armstrong · 04/10/2022
          Possibly. Hard to say for certain.
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    George Fares · 04/02/2022
    Should we use any other product before applying Dark Walnut stain to a fully sanded Ipe deck & stairs? How long after 1st coat should we wait if we feel it needs a 2nd coat to have an even looking appearance?
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      Armstrong · 04/03/2022
      Do not apply a 2nd coat to sanded IPE, it will not take.
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    George Fares · 04/02/2022
    We sanded a 10 year old IPE deck today, April 2. Rain is expected tomorrow. Can we still apply Black Walnut Stain on Monday, April 4th. What should we do to prepare before application? How long will it need to dry before next rain or walking on deck? Also we should apply with a roller and not wipe afterwards I understand. Thank you. 
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      Armstrong · 04/03/2022
      Apply with a stain pad or brush. One coat, you do not have to back wipe but if you do, make sure it is at least 1-2 hours after applying. You will need 48 hours after the rain to stain.
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    Robert Barlow · 04/01/2022
    What is the correct procedure involved to stain over Armstrong Clark stain on our Tigerwood deck It was stained 2 years ago…
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    Patty · 03/31/2022
    Can I mix some semitransparent black walnut stain ( for hardwood and softwood) with semitransparent chestnut stain (for softwood)?
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    Lisa · 03/27/2022
    How long does this stain typically last on a deck?  Does it resist mildew?
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      Armstrong · 03/28/2022
      2-3 years for a deck. Yes, it has mildewcides in the stain.
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    Michelle · 02/19/2022
    We are installing new cedar siding boards. If I’m reading the directions correctly it says to install them and then let them be for 2-3 months before staining. What is the reason for not staining them right away?
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    Matt Westcamp · 01/29/2022
    Can I use your stain on Hardie board siding planks? (Fiber cement)